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Green Apples and Oranges an “Elaquent” beat exhibit

Submitted by on April 5, 2014 – 10:33 pmNo Comment

elaquent-green-apples-and-orangesThe new album from renowned producer and beat maker Elaquent has reached new heights of bass lines.

Green Apples and Oranges is the new offering, and it’s definitely a fruitful endeavor.

Opening with the track “Alone at Last,” the use off beat kicks, a clap sample instead of a snare and an odd mix of midi created synth sounds gives instant insight into his working process. Sampling a vocal track saying come on y’all/get live/get down this track is a perfect intro to this eight-track-long party-beat record.

The next track runs down a similar path, once again displaying his creative non-linear use of bass kicks and unconventional sound-bites. “The Official” is much more of a chill long-drive home type of vibe. When you close your eyes, listening to this track gets you lost in an imaginary concrete jungle.

Hailing from Guelph, Ont., one of the least likely places in Ontario, let alone Canada, you’d expect to see a prolific producer come from, Elaquent is a master mind mixer.1009965_10152198759173771_1986298398_nThis is one trippy and psychedelic record. The third track is dubbed “Aurora,” possibly some sort of ode to the city just north of Toronto, but either way it gives you the feeling of strolling through a park lost in thought. Unlike the fourth song which basically sonically equates to being stuck on that damned underwater level that every one of your favourite 2D platformer video games inherently had.

Every production on Green Apples and Oranges gives the listener some sort of imagery filled out of body experience, which is impressive for an instrumental-only artist. He does sample vocals here and there, but they seem more like obscure instrumental symphonies rather than lyrics of any kind.

When listening to Elaquent’s beats, you can’t help but try to dissect the production values and figure out how many tracks he had to lay down to get that intensely layered effect.

“The Little Things You Do” is probably the stand out track on the album to me. It resonates a really chill but upbeat vibe, with the random noise and vocals you’d expect to hear from a Skrillex mix, but it’s everchanging.

If you haven’t heard an Elaquent beat yet, then maybe it’s time to start taking heed to what he’s throwing down.

Review by Devin Size, photos from Elaquent’s Facebook page

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